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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (September 13)

First Chapter

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

At the end of last year I read a delightful book about a young woman who worked in a newspaper office during the 1920s called The Jazz Files. When I saw that the second book featuring Poppy Denby was due to be published later this month I was keen to take a look and now give you the opener for The Kill Fee by Fiona Veitch Smith



Do you know who that is Poppy?” asked Delilah.
“I do indeed.”
“So what does it feel like to dance in the arms of an assassin?”

Poppy Denby’s star is on the rise. Now the Arts and Entertainment Editor at The Daily Globe, she covers an exhibition of Russian Art at the Crystal Palace. A shot rings out, leaving a guard injured and an empty pedestal in the place of the largest Faberge Egg in the collection. The egg itself is valuable, but more so are the secrets it contains within – secrets that could threaten major political powers.

Poppy is once again in the middle of a sensational story. Can she solve the mystery before time runs out and disaster strikes? NetGalley

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

Chapter 1
October 1917, Moscow

Above the glow of gaslight a sprinkling of stars was beginning to appear. A man kicked at the golden leaves carpeting the pavement which would, by morning, have a dusting of frost. He pulled up the collar of his bearskin coat, wondering why, only that morning, he had felt overdressed. But he had been in Moscow long enough to know that things changed quickly in this city, very quickly, and a gentleman needed to be prepared for whatever the winds of change might blow his way. His fist tightened on his bone-handled cane and he allowed his thumb to rub against the secret clasp that would unsheathe the rapier closeted within.

So what do you think? Would you keep reading?

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A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

31 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (September 13)

  1. I do like a well-written historical novel, Cleo. And this particular era really does fascinate me. This one definitely goes on the wish list!


  2. Oh, this one does sound good. Kind of reminds me of the Daisy Dalrymple books. I like the beginning and the settiing in Moscow and a hidden rapier. Very nice.


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